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we begin with breaking news on this friday, november 19th. >> another mine tragedy overnight. an explosion deep underground leaves dozens of miners trapped or worse. but some made it out. also, a somber end to a week-long search. ohio police find the bodies of three people they've been looking for. and should airports fire the tsa? that's one idea, after this week's patdown revolt. as tense travelers prepare for trips to grandma's house. good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us. we are following breaking news from new zealand this morning, where an underground explosion may have buried as many as 30
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coal miners. >> the blast tore through a mine on the west coast of new zealand's south island, not far from the site of the country's worst mining disaster, that killed 19 workers back in 1967. >> witnesses say the electricity in this mine went out shortly before the blast, which was powerful enough to literally blow one driver off his machine, deep into that mine tunnel. so far, five workers have managed to stumble to the surface. officials say as many as 30 more, though, are still missing. >> there is a specialist mine rescue team on-site. there are issues with making sure that the site is safe for rescue teams to go in. there's a lot of dust and possibly gas. so, they need to be checking for that. >> for now, officials say it is too early to know why the blast occurred. we will have much more on this developing story later on "good morning america." it was an overnight flight for president obama who spends the next two days meeting with
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european allies in portugal. before he left washington, the president pressured republicans to pass that nuclear treaty with russia before the end of the year. gop leaders say they want to wait, though, until the new congress comes in in january. one florida congressman has a solution to the growing controversy over those new airport security measures. fire the tsa and hire private security guards instead. emily schmidt is joining us from washington with more. good morning, emily. >> reporter: vinita, good morning to you. this call from a florida congressman echoes complaints that we have been hearing from passengers all across the country. they say in the balance of privacy and security, things are simply tipping the wrong way. this is the new airline security view making so many passengers feel overexposed. >> a stranger groping you, basically. >> reporter: full-body patdowns in every airport. full-body scanners now in 60 airports, drawing complaints, flying faster than the planes. >> if you touch my junk, i'm going to have you arrested. >> she came all the way up my
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arms and between my breasts. and under my breasts and around. and all in silence. >> do i understand the sensitivity to people? yes. if you're asking, am i going to change the policies? no. >> reporter: tsa's chief tells congress the measures are necessary to keep people safe. the agency points to these photos of marijuana, whiskey, even knives that full-body scanners caught. and the tsa modified some policies. exempting children under 12 from the enhanced patdowns after a chorus of complaints. critics say it's not enough. >> shoe bombers, we had to take off our shoes. liquid. we have to take out our liquid. now, we're being groped because of the diaper bomber. what's next? the proctologist? the gynecologist? >> reporter: republican congressman john mica wants airports to hire private security contractors. he says he will prosecute anyone who inappropriately touches customers during a patdown. the tsa is reacting to all of these complaints by posting a new myth versus fact section on
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its website. it says there are so many rumors out there, it's important to get everyone on the same page. >> the controversy is heating up as we enter the busy travel season. i think we're all wondering how will this impact flying? >> reporter: one thing going on right now, is there's an internet movement asking people on wednesday, the day before thanksgiving, that incredibly busy travel day, to opt out of the full-body scanning. instead, ask for the full-body patdown. that would take more time. if they're doing it, hoping by slowing down the process, it makes tsa speed up the process, to rethink what they're doing. we'll see if it works. not often do passengers ask for the security system to take longer. vinita? >> i really hope i'm not in line behind those people. emily schmidt, thank you. and the head of the tsa will join us live later on "gma." the search for a missing mom, her son and a family friend in central ohio is over this morning. their bodies have been found hidden in a hollowed-out tree, more than a week after they disappeared.
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with that story, here's brad wheelis. >> reporter: knox county officials were visibly moved when they announced that their worst fears had come true. >> this is the saddest day in knox county history that i can remember. >> reporter: 10-year-old kody, his mother, tina hermann, and her 41-year-old friend, stephanie sprang, had been missing for a week. when hermann failed to show up to work, police discovered a bloody scene in her house. then, a s.w.a.t. team rescued hermann's 13-year-old daughter, sarah maynard, found in matthew hoffman's home. he's an unemployed tree trimmer, who spent six years in a colorado prison on arson charges. the knox county sheriff said the bodies were found on information provided by the suspect. >> we have discovered and recovered the remains of kody maynard, stephanie sprang, and tina hermann. the bodies were located in a wooded area, inside of garbage
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bags, in a hollow tree. >> reporter: the sheriff also said that the kidnapped survivor of the attack, 13-year-old sarah, was present in the house when the murders occurred. although, he would not say if she actually witnessed them. sarah is now recovering at the home of her father and stepmother. >> i have never experienced a case this big, this serious, and this tragic. >> reporter: it was unclear how well hoffman knew the four. but the sheriff suggested that the defendant had been watching them. brad wheelis, abc news. two assistants of ponzi schemer mastermind, bernie madoff are in prison this morning. annette bonn gore know was arrested in florida. joann crupi is expected to be released on bond today. both are charged with helping madoff carry out his massive ponzi scheme, while also stealing millions of dollars. they face up to 20 years in prison. now, for this morning's weather from around the nation. travel could be difficult in the northwest, with heavy rain expected in seattle, portland and san francisco.
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the wet weather moves into l.a. by tonight. meanwhile, the cascades could pick up yet another foot of snow. sunny, warm and with low humidity in the south. >> the coldest weather of the season pours into the northern plains with fargo and billings in the 20s. the northeast cools down to more seasonable temperatures. boston and new york are in the 40s. miami and honolulu are enjoying the 80s. when we return on this friday, business news. cutting the cost of cable. one company's plan to offer a less-expensive alternative. and a panel of his peers throws the book at congressman charlie rangel, who is now facing some serious punishment, following his ethics trial. and he's been homeless for a decade. but when he found thousands of dollars, he knew exactly what he should do.
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more americans are paying their mortgages on time. new figures show the number of households behind on their payments fell last quarter to the lowest level since the start of 2009. it was right after the financial crisis hit. delinquencies fell because the economy improved. while some homeowners got their loans modified and others lost their homes. fed chairman ben bernanke is giving a speech today in germany, defending the fed's latest move to boost the sagging u.s. economy. bernanke will say that china and others are forcing his hand by keeping their currency artificially weak, which is leading to a slower economic recovery. it was a strong return to wall street for general motors.
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shares rose 3.6% in their first day of trading. president obama said gm's return to being a public company shows that tough decisions made during the financial crisis are paying off. overseas markets are calm this morning, a day after getting a boost from ireland, as it moved closer to taking a bailout. tokyo's nikkei average rose 0.1% today. hong kong's hang seng is down, slightly. in london, the ftse opened slightly lower. on wall street, the dow surged 173 points yesterday. the nasdaq jumped 39. time warner cable is testing a new package to prevent customers from cutting the cord. beginning next week, it will offer some subscribers a cheaper tv plan for about half the price. customers will get about 50 channels. that includes espn news, but not espn. and tbs, but not tnt. well, the winner of this weekend's box office race is a shoo-in. the only question is just how much money "harry potter and the deathly hallows" will conjure up.
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the first of the two-part final chapter opened at midnight with more than 3,900 sold-out screenings nationwide. next on this friday morning, a politician's punishment, through tears. charlie rangel pleads for mercy. and the chilean miners get a hollywood vacation. , dog: bacon? gotta get that bacon! smokey bacon, crispy bacon, tasty bacon! where is it? where is the bacon? tv newscaster: bacon popular, "story at 11. dog: yummy. crunchy. bacon. bacon. bacon. there, in that bag! mom: who wants a beggin' strip!? dog: me! i'd get it myself but i don't have thumbs! yum, yum, yum... it's beggin'! hm... i love you! i love bacon! i love you! i love bacon! i love you! beggin' strips! there's no time #like beggin' time! share the fun at beggintime.com took some foolish risks as a teenager. but i was still taking a foolish risk with my cholesterol.
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delays in seattle, san francisco and los angeles. the house ethics committee is recommending censure for veteran congressman, charlie rangel. >> short of expulsion, censure is the stiffest form of congressional discipline. but rangel said he never meant to bring disgrace on the u.s. house. t.j. winick has more. >> the committee voted 9-1, to recommend that mr. rangel be censured by the house. >> reporter: for charlie rangel, the 80-year-old congressman from harlem has already been found guilty of financial wrongdoing. he was convicted of failing to pay taxes, using official resources to raise funds for a new york college center named after him. >> his actions and accumulation of actions, as the subcommittee found, brought discredit to the house. his conduct served to undermine public trust in this institution. >> reporter: members of the panel expressed little sympathy for rangel, who was forced to step down earlier this year as chairman of the powerful house ways and means committee.
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>> mr. rangel should only look into the mirror if he wants to know who to blame. >> i have looked at myself every morning, mr. bonner. and i have never blamed staff, my family, or anyone for my irresponsible behavior. >> reporter: rangel brought a surprise character witness, respected veteran lawmaker, john lewis. >> he's always been a champion for those left out and left behind. >> reporter: rangel argued he was never corrupt. >> any action taken by me was not with the intention to bring any disgrace on the house or to enrich myself personally. >> reporter: no matter which sanction the committee chose, the full house can change that recommendation. rob and vinita? a top lawmaker in the senate now says there are enough votes to repeal the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. connecticut's joe lieberman is a senior member of the armed services committee. he, along with a dozen
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democrats are pressuring senate majority leader, harry reid, to strike a deal with republicans on the issue before the end of the year. police in hollywood say the murder of a veteran publicist, ronni chasen, was a targeted attack, not just a random shooting. chasen was shot to death early tuesday morning in beverly hills, driving home after the premiere of that new film "burlesque." police are examining security video from nearby homes and following up on tips from motorists who may have seen a suspect on the run. an update on the natalee holloway case. the fbi says dutch authorities are now comparing holloway's dental records to a jawbone found last week in aruba. that's where holloway disappeared during a graduation trip in 2005. joran van der sloot remains the prime suspect in her murder. but prosecutors maintain there's still not enough evidence to charge him. a homeless man in arizona is getting some coast-to-coast attention. dave tally has been on the streets for 11 years. earlier this month, he found a backpack with a computer and
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more than $3,300 of cash inside. instead of keeping it, tally turned it in. >> not something i wish anybody would have to go through. you know, it's rough choices. and there's a lot of things i could have taken care of. but the fact of the matter was, it's not my money. i didn't earn it. >> donations for tally are now flooding in to a homeless group that helps him out. tally calls the generosity overwhelming. >> good guy. well, the nascar season comes to an end this sunday. and three drivers go into the race at the homestead miami speedway, with the realistic chance of winning the championship. we get last night's sports highlights now from espn news. >> good morning. i'm steve weissman with your espn news update. we start with thursday night football in the nfl. tyler thigpen and the dolphins, hosting the bears. pick it up second quarter. 6-0, chicago. dolphins at their own 33. thigpen to marshall.
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but marshall goes down, awkwardly. had the hamstring, would not return. more problems for miami. 9-0, bears. matt forte, 97 yards rushing and this touchdown. it's 16-0. fourth quarter, julius peppers, one of three sacks in the game. bears win. first team in nfl history with 700 regular season victories. college football. former alabama head coach, bill curry, guiding his new team, georgia state, in tuscaloosa. 20-0, 'bama. georgia state punting and having issues. it's blocked. brandon gibson scoops it up. eight different players scored a touchdown, for 'bama. third quarter, their backup quarterback, a.j. mccarron with a touchdown pass. at least georgia state got paid 30,000 bucks for playing. to the hardwood. that's the freshman. harrison barnes. tar heels taking on hofstra. early first half, barnes for three. later, tyler zeller, to barnes. he can do it inside, as well. and late in the half, north
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carolina running away. zeller on the oop. he had 11 points. barnes had 19, 4 threes. heels win it, 107-63, your final. that's a look at your espn news update. i'm steve weissman. back to you in new york. >> tar heels look good. "dancing with the stars" producers are now defending their voting system after charges that it was all rigged. a blogger claimed to have voted for bristol palin 300 times in just 3 hours. but the show's executive producer says, quote, that is impossible. conrad green says there is a built-in system of checks and balances to ensure that kind of thing simply can't happen. cher is calling it an honor that is more special than can be imagined. she was talking about joining the other celebrities who have left their hand and footprints at graumann's chinese theater in hollywood. the 64-year-old star said she was coming to the same theater when she was 4 to see "cinderella" on the big screen. her new film opens next week, "burlesque," with christina
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aguilera. it's getting some good reviews. >> seems like cher should have had that done years ago. it seems late. better late than never. coming up, we'll update the breaking news. >> a mine explosion eerily similar to the one in chile, has happened in new zealand, impacting dozens of miners. the very latest, coming up. old legs. p.a.d., the doctor said. p-a-d... p.a.d. isn't just poor circulation in your legs causing you pain. it more than doubles your risk of a heart attack or stroke. i was going to tell you. if you have p.a.d., plavix can help protect you from a heart attack or stroke. plavix helps keep blood platelets from sticking together and forming clots, the cause of most heart attacks and strokes. call the doctor about plavix -- please? i will. [ male announcer ] certain genetic factors and some medicines such as prilosec reduce the effect of plavix leaving you at greater risk for heart attack and stroke. your doctor may use genetic tests to determine treatment.
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a powerful explosion has buried as many as 30 people 5,000 feet underground in a new zealand coal mine. rescue teams are on the scene. some people have made it out after the blast, which mine officials suspect was caused by gas. president obama arrives in portugal for two days of meetings with european allies. the nato-led war in afghanistan and the global economy are expected to be the top issues. an ex-con could face charges following the discovery of three bodies in central ohio. police say matthew hoffman led them to the bodies of a mother, her son and a friend, who had been missing for more than a week. and the u.s. mint is introducing the new abraham lincoln dollar coin. the ceremony coincides with the 147th anniversary of president lincoln's gettysburg address. coming up later on "good morning america," you've seen parents or caregivers trying to keep track of their kids by pulling them on a leash. well, what happens when it goes too far? you won't believe what our hidden cameras saw.
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 good morning to you. you were talking about that
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tornado. obviously we're going to have more information on that. we cannot forget what 2010 has done for us. tornado confirmed at 100 miles an hour. touchdown just over half mile past. that's probably put a right to put it. today is going to be a rather tranquil day. over night and this morning we did squeeze in some clouds we're watching. even some sprinkles and flurries. gusty winds to try to ease up as we head towards the afternoon, wind model showing at it and trying to warm up usover the weekend. we'll get into a high somewhere between the upper 40s and

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